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Delanie Walker expects 80 catches this year

Delanie Walker, Russell Allen AP

Titans tight end Delanie Walker had a career-high 60 catches last season, playing well in his first year in Tennessee after spending the first seven years of his career in San Francisco. But Walker isn’t even close to satisfied.

In fact, Walker says he expects to catch about 20 more passes this year than he did last year.

“I’ve got to get better,” Walker told the team’s website. “I’m looking to catch 80 balls this year.”

The 80-catch mark was surpassed by only two tight ends last season, Jimmy Graham with 86 and Tony Gonzalez with 83. If Walker could get into the 80s, he’d be among the elite tight ends in the NFL.

Walker wasn’t always a happy camper in Tennessee last season, saying after the season that there were some cancers in the Titans’ locker room. But Walker is now talking up both new head coach Ken Whisenhunt and quarterback Jake Locker, saying he thinks the Titans are poised for a much better season.

“I’m telling you from the heart, we’re going to have a great year this year and I’m ready for it,” Walker said.

Getting 80 catches out of Walker would go a long way toward changing the Titans’ fortunes.

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9 Responses to “Delanie Walker expects 80 catches this year”
  1. steelerben says: Jul 1, 2014 2:44 PM

    Expecting 80 catches isn’t making 80 catches anymore than expecting Mila Kunis to call me up for a date has the phone ringing.

    Good goal, though.

  2. taylorgangtrippymane says: Jul 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    And I expect a Ferrari from Santa

  3. gotitan says: Jul 1, 2014 2:59 PM

    Don’t doubt what the Titans can do with Locker at the helm for 17 weeks, healthy.

  4. papacrick says: Jul 1, 2014 3:09 PM

    Yeah except you and I both know that Locker will not be healthy for 17 weeks

  5. cpitch12 says: Jul 1, 2014 3:10 PM

    yea.if McNair or Moon were throwing to him ……not with the current qbs, its not happening…

  6. titansbro says: Jul 1, 2014 5:37 PM

    80 isn’t THAT big a jump from 60 to think its impossible. I like a guy who always expects better of himself & works to make it happen even if he never quite gets there.

  7. thereyougo2 says: Jul 1, 2014 11:07 PM

    I expect WALKER better be wearing his helmet more often.

  8. enigma2742 says: Jul 2, 2014 1:00 AM

    NOT WITH THAT QUARTERBACK SITUATION PIPEDREAM MAYBE IF YOU WOULD HAD STILL BEEN A 49ER BUT YOUR A TENESSEE TITAN MEANING YOU WONT SEE THE PLAYOFFS EVER

  9. bl00dwerk says: Jul 3, 2014 10:55 PM

    The Titans want to run the ball, and they also have Wright and the up-and-coming Justin Hunter. I doubt DL will be getting 80 catches this year…

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